Brian Blake Named Editor of Influential Internet Computing Journal

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M.Brian.BlakeCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 19, 2015)— Brian Blake, vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, has been named editor in chief of IEEE Internet Computing, effective January 1. Blake currently serves as associate editor in chief of the magazine, a top-ranked publication that provides peer-reviewed, journal-quality evaluations and reviews of emerging and maturing Internet technologies and applications.

A computer scientist and software engineer, Blake, joined the University from Notre Dame in 2012.  

Published bi-monthly by the IEEE Computer Society, Internet Computing consistently ranks among the top 10, and often in the top 5, for influence and impact of all the computer science/software engineering journals listed in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports. At the crossroads between academic researchers and software professionals, the magazine presents novel content from academic and industry experts on a wide range of topics, including applications, architectures, information management, middleware, policies, security, and standards.

The IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading computing membership organization and information and career-development source for a global workforce of technology leaders, including: professors, researchers, software engineers, IT professionals, employers, and students.


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Apply or Nominate a Colleague for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community by December 22

The Office of the Provost is pleased to invite applications and nominations for the 2015 Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on the topic of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) Literacy.  The FLC program was the focus of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan, part of the SACS accreditation process. FLCs give faculty members from all disciplines the knowledge, skills, and pedagogical support to improve their teaching and enhance the learning environment.

The University regards FLC membership as an acknowledgment of excellent, innovative, and effective teaching. It is open to all full-time University faculty who are engaged in undergraduate teaching. Those selected will be FLC Fellows. They will have a one-course teaching reduction in the Fall 2015 semester and receive a $1,500 research and educational fund to support their FLC work. FLC Fellows, who will meet during the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters, participate in weekly discussions, workshops, and in a virtual community, will be expected to teach and incorporate ICT literacy concepts into an existing or new course and assess ICT learning outcomes.

For a full program description and application form, please visit http://www.miami.edu/flcThe deadline for receipt of applications is Monday, December 22, in 240 Ashe.

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Nick Shay Named Editor in Chief of International Research Journal

Nick Shay

Nick Shay

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 15, 2014)—Lynn K. “Nick” Shay, a longtime editorial board member of Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, has been named editor in chief of the international journal for research related to the dynamical and physical processes governing atmospheres, oceans, and climate. A professor in the Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Shay assumed the post in July.

A fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Shay was part of a NASA Group Achievement Award for his work with satellite altimetry during the Genesis and Rapid Intensity (GRIP) Program conducted in the fall of 2010.

His research interests include experimental and theoretical investigations of the ocean response and coupled air-sea interactions during hurricanes, airborne oceanographic profiling of upper ocean variability, coastal oceanographic process studies, and high frequency (HF) and satellite radar remote sensing to examine the linkages between surface signatures and upper ocean structure. The author of more than 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, he has chaired or served on 30 student committees.

Shay also has served on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including the AMS Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Technology and on various panels and committees, including the  board of directors of the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association; National Federation of Regional Association National HF Radar Steering Team; NSF and NOAA Hurricanes at Landfall; NOAA Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project Observing and Coupled Modeling Teams; Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System-Regional Association Observations Committee; and the NASA Hurricane Science Team.

Internationally, he has been the Oceanic Impacts and Air-Sea Interaction rapporteur for the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) International Workshop for Tropical Cyclones and a panel member of the WMO Landfall Processes and HFR Oceanography Workshops.


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University Names New VP for Enrollment Management

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John Haller

John Haller


CORAL GABLES, Fla. (August 14, 2014)—John Haller, a professional with more than 18 years of experience in the admissions field, has been appointed the new vice president of enrollment management. He will join the University September 8.

Currently the associate provost of enrollment management at Saint Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, Haller has held several enrollment leadership positions across various areas, including admissions, marketing, and retention. Prior to working at Saint Joseph’s, he served as assistant dean of enrollment at Drexel University and as associate director of admissions and marketing at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.

“I am excited for the opportunity to join the University of Miami community,” said Haller. “The University has great momentum and I look forward to partnering with the outstanding faculty and staff to attract and retain talented students from across the U.S. and around the world.”

Haller will succeed Ed Gillis, who is retiring after more than two decades at the University—a period during which his initiatives to increase applications and enroll more top-quality students played a major role in the University’s rise into the top tier of national research universities

During Haller’s tenure as associate provost of enrollment management, Saint Joseph’s University had notable successes, with first-year enrollment increasing 24 percent, and freshmen-to-sophomore retention increasing from approximately 86 to more than 89 percent—an institutional high. Haller led the offices of Undergraduate Enrollment and Operations, Student Records and Financial Services, Student Success and First Year Experience, and Systems and Analytics.

“John brings a wealth of experience in enrollment management and marketing to the task of undergraduate admissions,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “His strong analytic and management skills will help us enroll the most academically gifted students, increase the number of students who stay at UM through graduation, and improve our ability to meet the financial need of our students.”

Haller received a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Michigan and holds master’s degrees in Business and Higher Education, as well as a certificate from the Institute for Education Management at Harvard University.

“The University of Miami is committed to providing students with a world-class education. I look forward to working with UM leadership to make a top-tier education more accessible to students from all backgrounds,” Haller said.

Haller also served as an adjunct professor in Drexel University’s Higher Education Master’s program. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and is also involved in the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

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Scott Levin Appointed Executive Director of Herbert, UHealth Wellness Centers

Scott Levin

Scott Levin starts full time on August 22.

By Mike Piacentino
Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (July 14, 2014) – Scott Levin, a leader in campus recreation and wellness, has been appointed executive director of the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center and the UHealth Fitness and Wellness Center. He starts full time on August 22.

Levin comes to UM from Georgia State University, a public research institution with more than 30,000 students, where he has served as the director of recreational services since 2000. As the chief administrative officer leading 29 full-time employees, Levin oversaw intramural and club sports, fitness testing and assessment, outdoor recreation, a multitude of fitness and instructional classes, and aquatics programming.

“Scott is both a collaborative and innovative leader,” said Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs. “With 30 years of experience, I have no doubt Scott will bring his outstanding leadership in campus recreation and wellness to Miami.”

In August 2001, Levin opened Georgia State’s $33 million Student Recreation Center. Under his leadership, Georgia State’s Indian Creek Recreation Area was remodeled in 2013 to include a new outdoor recreation lodge and ropes challenge course.

As a campus leader, Levin served on many committees within Georgia State’s Division of Student Affairs and continually collaborated with other campus units to provide high-quality campus recreation and wellness programming for students and employees.

In 2013, Levin received the prestigious George M. Sparks Award, an annual award that recognizes one student, faculty, and staff member from Georgia State University who exemplifies a willingness to go the extra mile with good humor and perseverance.

“I am thrilled to play a key role in the University of Miami’s efforts to assess and respond to the wellness needs of the UM community by offering meaningful learning, growth, and engagement opportunities for our students, faculty, staff, and alumni,” Levin said. “We will continually deliver the highest level of customer satisfaction through our programs, services, and facilities.”

Prior to his appointment at Georgia State, Levin worked at Bowling Green State University for 15 years in a variety of campus recreation positions. He received a master’s degree in administration of recreation services and a bachelor’s degree in K-12 education and physical education from Southern Illinois University.

“I am confident that his expertise and transformative ideas will enhance the wellness experience for all at the University of Miami,” Whitely added. “I am happy to welcome Scott and his wife, Cheryl, to our UM community. They, along with their daughter, Lauren, a graduate of Georgia State University, will be great additions to our ’Canes family.”

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